Herts Cricket League
Rickmansworth Seconds were able to see out their match against Redbourn Seconds to claim a draw.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Michael Horwood (71) and Raz Khan (43) put on 95 runs for the second wicket before a flurry of dismissals followed.
Rickmansworth were eventually all out for 180 from 49 overs. Young Connor Yorath bowled through and gained six wickets for 65.
Redbourn struggled to build any meaningful partnerships in reply as Marc Robinson (two for 45) and Brett Harvey (three for 42) bowled well.
However, the Redbourn tail had just enough sting left to save the game as Rickmansworth failed to find the final breakthrough. Redbourn batted out their final overs and finished on 132 for nine.
Abbots Langley Seconds played out a high-scoring draw against table-toppers Ickleford Seconds.
Batting first, Abbots lost a wicket from the first ball. But Jack Bishop and Peter Metcalfe put on 64 for the second wicket.
Metcalfe, who went on to score a superb 96, was joined by Sam Bailey (44) and then Aiden Byrne (32 not out), which took Abbots to a challenging 249 for six. Ickleford were always in with a chance of victory but Hertfordshire Under-15 spinner Lewis Hodgins helped restrict the leaders.
He ended with four for 40 and, alongside George Aguis (two for 11), restricted Ickleford to a final total of 220 for eight.
Northwood Town Seconds completed a 20-run win against second-placed Langleybury Thirds.
Wood elected to bat and started strongly. But the introduction of veteran bowlers Jim Carson (four for 34) and Eddie Gunning (three for 32) restricted the runs.
Youngster Josh Cornes cleaned up the tail to finish with three for 19 and Northwood were all out for 164. Langleybury openers Roger Ball and Graeme Roe got off to a flying start, but following the fall of Ball runs were harder to come.
Gunning came in and smashed a quick-fire 34 while Roe (32) fell to a full toss. Wickets continued to fall and Langleybury finished on 144 all out. Hemel Hempstead Fourths were left frustrated as their clash against Bovingdon ended as a draw.
Hemel batted first and posted a very competitive total of 228 for eight from their allotted overs. Dave Jenkins (60) and Scott Radcliffe (43) scored well while Tyson Goose struck 48 further down the order.
Bovingdon raced to 103 without loss in 19 overs in their reply and they looked on course to chase down the runs they needed for victory.
However, the run rate eventually slowed and the contest ended as an inevitable draw.
Abbots Langley Thirds were in ruthless form as they recorded a comprehensive nine-wicket victory against Luton Town and Indian Fourths.
Abbots started the game in the field but weren’t there for long as bowlers Anish Kiroya (three for 26), Parish Solanki (three for 28) and Bob Russell (two for four) dismissed Luton for a modest 107.
Although Jon Battams was out first ball of the Abbots reply, Alex Austerberry (38 not out) and Harry Khan (58 not out) batted aggressively to take his side to an easy victory.
Ash Ali’s excellent unbeaten 129 helped Leverstock Green Thirds record a 58-run win against Hatfield & Crusaders Thirds.
Levy batted first and Ali was supported by 36 from fellow opener Graham Evans, skipper Gareth Tucker’s 26 and 21 not out from teenager Rory Fleming.
Green declared on 233 for two and the declaration proved well-founded. Levy needed all bar ten balls of the 52 overs to remove Crusaders, a feat achieved thanks in part to four and three dismissals for Brett Baney and Steve May respectively.
Kings Langley Thirds slipped to a three-wicket defeat against Frogmore.
Kings batted first but were bowled out for 163 in the 53rd over. Kevin Rolfe scored most of their runs, finishing on 94 not out.
Despite young Scott Rolfe claiming three for 44 and Gordon Sambidge taking three for 51, Frogmore sealed their win in the 44th over.